On and Off The Camino Finisterre in Finisterre, Spain

July 6, 2013 — 4 Comments
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 Fishing has been important to the economy of Finisterre since ancient times. The Finisterre harbour has one of the busiest ports in Galicia. When you’re here, make sure you visit the fish market where the local fishermen (and ladies) display and sell their catches. The area of Finisterre near the port is vibrant with shops and restaurants overlooking the harbour. You may wish to sit on a patio and try the local seafood delicacy, the shell fish, percebes, which is a barnacle. Another must for your palate is pulpo a la gallega, the renowned Galician octopus dish. If you’re not hungry, you can just relax with a glass of albariño, the Galician white wine. We’re a little ahead of ourselves now. We’ll get to downtown Finisterre really soon.

I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Cee to Finisterre, after a scenic walk of about two kilometers along the beach, Praia da Langosteira, as we made our way to Cabo Fisterra, Cape Finisterre. Ahead is the smaller Praia de San Roque. Let’s take a better look from the other side…

beach Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

Ahhh.. yes! An amazing scene with a cruciro overlooking the beach and coastline.

cruceiro Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 

Praia Langosteira Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 Who is this guy? Yes, a more slender version of my current being. I actually stayed at a charming hotel very close to this spot.

randall st germain Praia Langosteira Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

The early part of the town of Finisterre is mostly residential.

downtown Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 There are a few bars and cafés as you walk along the Camino.

downtown Finisterre fisterra Galicia

 

This statue that faces the harbour in the aforementioned port area has an important encryption—“Galegos Espallados Polo Mundo” or “Gallegos around the world.” You may not know that the first medieval kingdom in all of Europe was created within Galicia in the early 5th century. The weakening Romans signed a treaty with the Sueves, a group of wandering Germanic peoples first mentioned by Julius Caesar. The Romans retreated Galicia soon after.

memorial Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

A memorial to those lost at sea. The northwest coastline of Galicia is rough, jagged, and treacherous. It’s aptly named Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death. I stayed five nights in Finisterre and this was obviously on a cloudy day.

anchor Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 Convento do Carme

convento carme Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

Looking back at the downtown area. You can see a bit of the very small beach, Praia de Riveira, on the left. Now let’s look behind…

beach riviera Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

This is the castle, Castelo de San Carlos, which was built in the 17th century to defend Finisterre from the French and English. It sat in near ruins for many decades after being heavily damaged during numerous battles. The castle was rebuilt and today, houses a museum dedicated to fishing.

Castelo San Carlos Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

I visited the castle grounds almost every day that I stayed in Finsterre.

Castelo San Carlos Finisterre fisterra Galicia

 

 

Castelo San Carlos 2 Finisterre fisterra Galicia

 

 I enjoyed this short walk to the castle.

seawall cruceiro Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

Okay, let’s look again at the Praia de San Roque from earlier in the post but this time, we’re not on the walkway that the Camino follows…

Praia Langosteira 2 Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 We’re in my hotel room. Now this is truly a room with a view!

room view Praia Langosteira Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

If you want a break from the pulpo and seafood, and crave, let’s say, a hamburger, I recommend that you come here. Honestly, when I visited, their hamburgers were among the best I’ve ever had. Anywhere!

hamburger Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

I hope you enjoyed this post as we made it to Finisterre. I was very excited to visit this ancient, yet magical and mystical town. Excited enough to spend five nights as I relaxed and wrote after a long journey from St. Jean Pied de Port. On my next post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Finisterre to The End of the World, this time, I promise, I’ll take you to the end of the world. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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4 responses to On and Off The Camino Finisterre in Finisterre, Spain

  1. I did enjoy this post very much – once again it’s Magnifique mon ami 🙂

  2. Thanks for another wonderful photographic journey. Truly appreciated seeing part of a beautiful country. Now, I’m so hungry for a GOOD hamburger. Happy traveling Randall.

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